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'Mary Poppins' celebrates 50th Anniversary through Blu-ray release

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“Mary Poppins” 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray

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Walt Disney Home Entertainment gives another one of their classic films the Blu-ray upgrade it so rightfully deserves with their "Mary Poppins" 50th Anniversary Edition. No one can deny the beauty of this wonderful story. I can't think of any other Disney movie more worthy of a high-definition transfer.

The Banks family is searching for a new nanny after the children scare off their last one. The ad is answered by charming and whimsical Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews). She brings the troubled family together with the help of her chimney sweeping friend Burt (Dick Van Dyke) and a cast of magical characters that inhabit different fantastic worlds.

A solid digital restoration breathes new life into "Mary Poppins" for its 50th Anniversary Edition. The colors are vibrant and the picture is crisp and clear. Some will no doubt complain that it's a little too cleaned up, but you can't please everyone. If you want the film preserved the best way it can be right now, this is a must-have.

"Mary Poppins" 50th Anniversary Edition is presented in 7.1 DTS HDMA. It's safe to say that no one has ever heard any of the wonderful songs or accompanying sound effects the way they're presented here. Every jolly tune surrounds the viewer in a cloud of joy and delight.

Bonus material for "Mary Poppins" 50th Anniversary Edition includes some fun items. Actor Jason Schwartzman interviews Composer Richard Sherman about the movie's music in the all-new "Becoming Mr. Sherman" featurette . It also contains Mary-Oke Sing-Along, "The Making of 'Mary Poppins'" featurette, a deleted song, and a musical reunion between Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, and Richard Sherman.

Any fanatical Disney enthusiast needs to update their home entertainment library with the "Mary Poppins" 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray. Paired with some fun special features and a wonderfully restored high-definition version of the movie, this is the definitive way to re-visit or take in the classic again or for the first time. It truly is one of the defining moments in cinema history and a jewel in Disney's crown.

"Mary Poppins" 50th Anniversary Edition is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and as a Digital Download.

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